Margus Hunt DT SMU #92
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Size/Athleticism: Incredible blend of size and athleticism. He’s build like a defensive tackle, but has enough athleticism to play end and even drops into coverage at times. Height is rare and makes him an elite special teams player. Blocked 17 kicks during his career.
Run Defense: His height works against him at the point of attack. He struggles to stay low and offensive linemen who are able to getting better leverage on him can drive him off his spot. Does a decent job in pursuit. Sheds blocks well and has the speed to make some plays in pursuit. Can make plays from behind, but struggles in space. He’s just too big and awkward to trap a running back or even most quarterbacks running in space.
Pass Rush: A tough assignment in one-on-one situations. He’s strong enough to bull rush but also quick enough to take advantage of some slow-footed tackles. Really inconsistent, however. He was stopped by linemen who had no business controlling him throughout the course of an entire game. Needs to do a much better job getting his hands up into passing lanes. He can be a game-changing force, but he so rarely pressured the quarterback by altering passing lanes.
Versatility: Primarily played end in 3-4 sets and also lined up inside in 4-3 sets. Dropped into coverage more often than the typical down lineman and looks fairly fluid when doing so. Could potentially play some linebacker in 3-4 sets.
Intangibles: Should have been more dominant against his level of competition. Few Conference USA linemen could match his physical tools, but he was ineffective a shockingly high percentage of the time.
Durability: No known issues.
Comments: Hunt’s physical tools are so intriguing, but his level of production is disturbing. While his height can create problems for the offense at times, but it creates just as many issues for Hunt. He struggles to stay low and much smaller offensive linemen can stonewall him by using good leverage. He also struggles to make some plays on the ball carrier – just imagine a 6’8″ Hunt trying to corral Maurice Jones-Drew in space. He may not be a three-down lineman, but in certain situations he can definitely be a difference maker. I wouldn’t feel comfortable taking him in the first round because I probably would only want to use him as part of a rotation. But a team could definitely justify spending a second round pick on him if they have the right talent around him.